BioP.D. Workman was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She writes riveting young adult and mystery/suspense books dealing with mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other social issues. She has won several literary awards from Library Services for Youth in Custody for her young adult fiction. She currently has 30 published titles and can be found at pdworkman.com. She has been married for 25 years and has one son.
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Looking Over Your Shoulder (preview)
Just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you. Things were going well for Abe. Despite all of his past struggles with mental illness, he was happily married, had three wonderful children, a nice home, and a fantastic consulting business that satisfied his creativity and brought in a good income. But you can never get too comfortable. When Abe becomes a prime suspect in a jewel heist - one of the largest successful jewel heists in history - his schizophrenia becomes unmanageable and everything begins to spiral out of control. Abe's own investigation into the heist has the jewel thieves hot on his tail... but are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?
In the Tick of Time (preview)
Do things with lots of legs creep you out? Award-winning author P.D. Workman's In the Tick of Time will leave your skin crawling every time you hike through the woods or long grass, long after you have finished reading it. Matt Malloy, infectious diseases expert for the DOH vector-borne disease division, knew there was something wrong with the Buffalo Head infection cluster as soon as it hit his desk. But knowing it instinctively and proving it were two completely different things, especially when his boss and coworkers already suspected that, battling sleep deprivation, he’d already gone around the bend. Matt knew that solving the mysteries of the Buffalo Head cluster was a matter of life and death. He just didn’t know that it could be a matter of his life and death.
Pursued by the Past (Preview)
From the creator of the award-winning Ruby, Between the Cracks comes a lovingly crafted story about just that; being pursued by the past. Vanna had a good life. She had her challenges—like her mother’s high expectations of her—but all in all, she had a job she enjoyed, a fun hobby and friends. She didn’t need any complications. But that all changed shortly after trying to break things off with Tino. The phone calls with no one on the other end. Anonymous gifts. Someone moving things around in her bedroom. A restraining order changed nothing. If anything, it caused things to escalate. If Vanna wants her life back, she will have to take things into her own hands.
Michelle (Between the Cracks #3) (preview)
“Daddy… can’t we come with you when you leave this time?” When Michelle asked to be taken away from her abusive mother, she never expected to lose everyone she loved in the process. They said they would keep her and Kenny together. Her daddy said he would be back. And she never even got to say good-bye to Marcie. All too soon, they were trying to reunite her with her mother, and Michelle is forced to take to the streets, seeking safety in the gang life. Michelle is third in the Ruby, Between the Cracks series, a winner of the Top Ten Best Books for Teens 2015.
By-Pass (Breaking the Pattern #3) (preview)
It’s better when she’s happy. Bobby is a geeky teen who is convinced that his new foster home is everything he has ever hoped for. His foster mom Katya is so different than any he has ever had; but as her behavior becomes more and more unpredictable and disturbing, he comes to realize that both he and Katya’s daughter Zane are in trouble. The crazy thing is, Bobby doesn’t want to leave her, and new revelations from Bobby’s own forgotten past throw his quest for a real family into further turmoil.
Proxy (Medical Kidnap Files #3) (preview)
Fourteen year old Seth Wilcox has been admitted to the hospital forty-eight times, according to his mother’s latest social media posts, when Social Services steps in and takes Seth into care, believing his mother suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and Seth is not safe in her care. Gabriel Tate is now a veteran in dealing with medical kidnap and reuniting children with their families. He knows Seth and his mom, Leva, a tireless mitochondrial disorder advocate. He knows he needs to get Seth back to Leva as soon as he can. With the authorities hot on their trails, Gabriel and Renata face increasingly difficult challenges. Can they stay one step ahead of the authorities? Can they finally get Seth somewhere he will be safe?
Those Who Believe (preview)
These signs shall follow those who believe... On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town. Nathan again faces the challenges of making new friends and of keeping his family’s secrets. But what he really struggles with is his wavering faith and reconciling his actions with what his devoted mother has taught him from the cradle. Could disobeying her ever be right? His very life could depend on the answer. Discover a gripping psychological journey in which evil and peril come not from a ghoul or ghost lurking in the darkness, but inside someone you love. How would you reconcile your faith with your instinct for survival?
Deviation (Breaking the Pattern #1) (preview)
“You’re a good kid, Henry.” Everyone knew that he was a good guy; geeky, responsible, hard-working. Henry has had a lot to deal with in the past. Now, as he should be focusing on his schooling and preparing himself for the future, he is hindered by abuse, the challenge of raising his baby brother while dealing with his mother’s deep depressions, and the return of a ghost from the past Henry has tried his best to forget. Can Henry escape the darkness, or is he doomed to be consumed by it? By the author of Ruby, Between the Cracks, a winner of the Top Ten Best Books for Teens 2015 award, this poignant account of Henry's descent into darkness will challenge you to look at youth crime in another light.
Mito (Medical Kidnap Files #1) (preview)
Gabriel has dealt with mysterious medical issues his whole life. Just when he finally thought that they had all of the answers and he was on the road to good health, he is apprehended by DFS on the grounds of medical neglect. At first, he thought that he would be back home in a few days, once the misunderstanding was cleared up. But when Renata tells Gabriel her crazy conspiracy theories, Gabriel feels the first pangs of doubt. Is there really a conspiracy? Will he ever be able to get well and go back to his mother, or is he doomed to be another guinea pig for Doctor De Klerk?
Once Brothers (preview)
Jacob, fifteen and a loner, never thought he’d get mixed up with a gang. Deke, older now, had sought the gang out for protection when he had no family of his own to rely upon. And Sammy, only ten, pressed into service as a gang courier, is terrified of where his job with the gang will lead. Three boys, each brothers, their lives all converging. Can they survive within their gangs? Without them? By the author of Ruby, Between the Cracks, a winner of the Top Ten Best Books for Teens 2015 award, this raw and heartbreaking story of abuse, loneliness, and hope will challenge you to look at your life in a different light.
Lion Within (preview)
Leo is a troubled young man, constantly on the brink of disaster. In the midst of his own emotional turmoil, Leo meets Elizabeth, single mom of a newborn, with a lot on her plate and a past that she won't acknowledge. Leo has always been driven to rescue others, and Elizabeth becomes the newest project to help him forget his own troubles. Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past? Or is he messing around with something beyond his ability to manage? [Warning - contains disturbing scenes of abuse]
Award-winning author P.D. Workman brings you a compelling and thought-provoking tale of human growth, compassion, and understanding. Taylor is a teen teetering on the edge of a steep precipice. Disowned by his family, living on the street, battling abuse and prejudice, he struggles to discover who he really is and how to carry on with life. The last person you would expect to touch him is Roz, whose foremost identity is a Christian wife and mother. But her world is about to be shaken. Through all that happens, Roz understands she has to be there for Taylor, knowing he is only one step from despair and self-destruction.
June & Justin (Between the Cracks #2) (preview)
Justin had made a mistake. A big, life-changing mistake. He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again. But it seems they are always falling behind, barely keeping one step ahead of the nightmares. There is always one more hazard, just around the corner.
Diversion (Breaking the Pattern #2) (preview)
Raised to a life of crime, Sandy is a teenage prostitute, junkie, and con artist. She always joked that her Da taught her a trade, that it hadn’t hurt her to be brought up like she was. But things keep getting more complicated, more dangerous, and Sandy doesn't want to admit even to herself that she longs for an honest, normal life. Even when she tries to change, things don’t go smoothly. Sandy’s past keeps interfering with her new relationships. In the end, if she and her family don’t pull together, Sandy will not be able to escape yet another ghost of her past. Do they have what it takes for her to change her life completely?
Questing for a Dream (preview)
Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band. How can she find her own place in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against, and for the first time in her life, completely alone? By the author of the award-winning Ruby, Between the Cracks, this engaging and unforgettable story of Nadie’s journey to find a place in the world amidst heartache and hopelessness will inspire you to face your challenges with courage and become a happier and stronger person. "Brilliant Masterpiece"
Stand Alone (preview)
Is Justine crazy? Everyone thinks so... Justine’s therapist says she is ‘troubled’, but it means the same thing. He thinks that her vivid, reoccurring nightmares and atrocious behavior point to some trauma in her past; but Em, Justine’s mother, can’t explain it. Justine used to have Christian, her best friend and skateboard partner. He was the only one who accepted her. Maybe because skating is the only time that Justine is really free to be herself. Now that Christian is gone… Justine keeps thinking things can’t get any worse. Even as she sees her life spinning further and further out of control, Justine can’t give up her sense of who she is. She is sure that Em secretly holds the key to who Justine really is. But if she does, Em isn’t talking.
EDS (Medical Kidnap Files #2) (preview)
With a long string of unbelievable stories to explain her frequent injuries, Social Services sees Katt is the stereotypical abused child. When she is admitted to hospital with yet another broken bone, they do the only logical thing to protect her, removing Katt from her mother’s custody. But Katt and her mother know that something is wrong, and it has nothing to do with abuse, and the longer Katt stays in foster care, the worse her health gets. Can they get the answers they need before it is too late? Can they get the answers and get Katt back home?
Don't Forget Steven (preview)
By the author of Tattooed Teardrops, a winner of the Top Fiction Award by In the Margins Committee’s Best Books for Teens 2016, this unflinching look at Steven's life will stick with you long after you put it down. He never told what went on behind closed doors. But this time, he can’t remember. Things never have been easy for Steven. He accepts that, and just makes the best of things. He might not have parents or a happy home. Or enough to eat most days. But at least he has a couple of loyal friends who stand by him and help out when they can. At least he has school, someplace he can go to escape the abuse. But just when he thought things couldn't get much worse, they did. Steven is accused of murder. But that isn't the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.
Tattooed Teardrops (preview)
A realistic and beautiful story filled with suspense, heart-breaking friendship and loyalty award-winning author P.D. Workman's brings you the intriguing story of Tamara’s struggle to make a life for herself after her incarceration. But things aren’t going to be easy. “I don’t plan on getting in any trouble.” Tamara had thought that when she got out of juvie, things would be easier. But before long, it seems like her life is spiraling into chaos. If she can’t prove to her probation officer that she is innocent of the allegations against her, she’s going back to prison, and Tamara just can’t let that happen. By the author of Ruby, Between the Cracks, a winner of the Top Ten Best Books for Teens 2015 award, Tamara's poignant story will change the way you think about the nature of evil.
Ruby, Between the Cracks (preview)
If you asked Ruby, she'd tell you she's happy with her life. She's tough and independent and doesn't depend on anyone else. The road that has led her here has not been easy, and she's blocked a lot of it from her memory. But things aren't as rosy as she would have everyone believe, and the road ahead of her is filled not only with gangs, drugs, and depression, but other challenges that Ruby hasn't even imagined. Winner of "In The Margins" Top Ten Best Books for Teens Award 2015 awarded to relevant books for our communities that validate, illuminate and humanize those living in the margins.